Poll: Players think Tiger deserved Masters DQ


According to a number of his peers, Tiger Woods should have been disqualified for an incorrect drop at last year's Masters.

Sports Illustrated recently released the findings from an anonymous poll of 200 players on the PGA, Champions and LPGA tours. A majority of the PGA Tour players polled - 52 percent, to be exact - believe Woods should have been shown the door after dropping from the wrong place in the 15th fairway during his second round in 2013. The Champions Tour contingent was more forgiving, with only 46 percent voting for disqualification, but a 51 percent majority from the over-50 circuit thought that Woods should have withdrawn from the tournament regardless of the decision from the rules committee.

Woods received a two-stroke penalty after signing his scorecard and remained in the field last year, ultimately finishing in a tie for fourth, four shots out of a playoff. He has been sidelined since March while recovering from back surgery, and last month missed the Masters for the first time since 1994.

Other interesting findings from the player poll: 68 percent of PGA Tour players believe that Phil Mickelson, with six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, will eventually win the season's second major to round out the career Grand Slam, and 66 percent feel that 34-year-old Sergio Garcia will someday win a major.

Among the PGA Tour players polled, 64 percent believe Vijay Singh should have been suspended for admitting he used a banned substance last year, while 81 percent think that there are gay players on the PGA Tour. In a result that makes you wonder how many times Mickelson took the survey, 13 percent of PGA Tour players said they would be willing to pay more than $50,000 per year to get out of playing in Wednesday pro-ams.